Efficient Robust Optimization of Metal Forming Processes using a Sequential Metamodel Based Strategy


Wiebenga, J.H. and Klaseboer, G. and Boogaard, A.H. van den (2011) Efficient Robust Optimization of Metal Forming Processes using a Sequential Metamodel Based Strategy. In: 8th International Conference and Workshop on Numerical Simulation of 3D Sheet Metal Forming Processes, Numisheet 2011, 21-26 August 2011, Seoul, South Korea (pp. 978 - 985).

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Abstract:The coupling of Finite Element (FE) simulations to mathematical optimization techniques has contributed significantly to product improvements and cost reductions in the metal forming industries. The next challenge is to bridge the gap between deterministic optimization techniques and the industrial need for robustness. This paper introduces a new and generally applicable structured methodology for modeling and solving robust optimization problems. Stochastic design variables or noise variables are taken into account explicitly in the optimization procedure. The metamodel-based strategy is combined with a sequential improvement algorithm to efficiently increase the accuracy of the objective function prediction. This is only done at regions of interest containing the optimal robust design. Application of the methodology to an industrial V-bending process resulted in valuable process insights and an improved robust process design. Moreover, a significant improvement of the robustness (> 2s ) was obtained by minimizing the deteriorating effects of several noise variables. The robust optimization results demonstrate the general applicability of the robust optimization strategy and underline the importance of including uncertainty and robustness explicitly in the numerical optimization procedure.
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